Good Morning Everyone!
Thank you for the comments yesterday from Olivia, Carol and Kaylana. It's nice to know people are really reading the blog, otherwise it gets boring just talking to myself. I do enough of that already! You all have such interesting lives. Olivia in beautiful Bavaria! I'll bet Christmas is amazing there. Kaylana in Latvia. May I ask what you do that you live in such exotic places all the time? And Carol, I'm so happy to hear about the little one being so much better and will be able to celebrate Christmas with you and the family.
It's been a busy couple of days around the Queen house, preparing for 2 adults kids and their spouses and 2 grandkids too! No big deal-the cookies turned out terrible! It was my first time with a new sugar cookie recipe. I mixed the dough last night and refrigerated it overnight just like the recipe called for. They were supposed to bake 5-6 minutes and when I checked the first batch after 4 minutes it was already burned. I still have to ice the remaining ones, but I'm not optimistic. It's okay, I can always throw them out and run to the store. In years past I baked about 20 different kinds of cookies every year. Now that we're alone, Dennis and I do NOT need all those cookies so I hardly ever bake anymore. I did want to give the grandbabies their own sugar angels from Grandma though. Oh well.
Last night Dennis surprised me with my Christmas gift early. I thought our gifts to each other was the trip to Hawaii, however he presented me with an ipad last night. I charged it overnight and just tried to set it up. I'm so horrible with techy things, I can't even turn the thing on. Thank goodness our son is a systems analyst and great at all things computer. Hopefully he can get it all going for me this weekend. Now....I have no gift for Dennis. Can you believe he said my gift to him is just loving him for all these years? How did I get such a WONDERFUL man? I am truly blessed. He said the ipad will be easier to keep track of all my knitting patterns and blogs. He has one for work and loves it. I think lugging around the laptop for vacation made him decide to get something smaller for me.
Okay, with no further ado, more pictures of Maui! Of course we need to begin with yet another sunset because I do love the sunsets.
This is the view from upcountry. We were on our way to the Ulupalakua Ranch and winery. The previous picture was taken just around that curve at the top left of the picture. The condo we stayed at is one at the very right of the buildings in the middle of the picture.
This is the view from upcountry, of the island Molokini. Lots of snorkeling and turtle watching out there. The building you see is the Maui Prince. This is the last hotel on the southern coast of Maui and the first place we ever stayed on Maui about 11 years or so ago. It's very quiet and every room has a partial ocean view. Very exclusive. Very golf resorty. We could never afford to go there now. It's been sold and the new owners charge almost FOUR times what we paid for our room. Isn't the ocean beautiful? You can just make out the cinder cone on the left.
That's it for today. A few more tomorrow morning for you and we'll be all done! Tomorrow I need to bake pies and prepare the celery, onions etc. for the stuffing. I try to do as much as I can before the kids arrive so I can spend time with them, not cooking. Then I'm going to make my homemade noodles and chicken for dinner tomorrow night. It's my son's favorite dish and I always make it for him when he comes home. I do love to cook for my kids!
Hope your preparations are all going well also and you remember to make time to think about the reason we celebrate!